Introduction to Harvey, Illinois

Harvey, Illinois, in Cook county, is 7 miles W of Hammond, Indiana (center to center) and 17 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The city is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Harvey has a population of 30,000.

Harvey History

Christian leader Turlington W. Harvey founded the city of Harvey in 1891. In fact, the community was named 'Harvey' in his honor. The town was modeled after the company town of Pullman. It was initially conceptualized as a model town for Christian values and ethics.

Harvey and nearby Attractions

  • Matteson Historical Museum
  • South Suburban Missionary Baptist Church
  • Dixie Square Mall Shopping Center
  • Briggs-Ellis Park

Things To Do In Harvey

There are a number of museums near Harvey. The Matteson Historical Museum houses a variety of exhibits of local interest. The American Police Center & Museum, Midwest Carvers Museum, and Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum are also close by. The city also has a large number of beautiful churches. One can plan a day trip to Lexington Park, New Holmes Park, Lincoln Park, Briggs-Ellis Park, or Ashland Park. The Dixie Square Mall Shopping Center offers excellent entertainment facilities to visitors.

Harvey Transportation

Chicago Midway International is the local airport.

Harvey Higher Education

Higher educational institutes near Harvey include South Suburban College, Chicago State University, City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College, and Prairie State College.


Total Population25,773
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens12.9%
Employed Population 16+7,845
Age of the Population37


% of people married23.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher8.8%
Median Earnings25+$25,898
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,995
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,328


Median Family Income$35,292
% Above Poverty Level63.6%
% Below Poverty Level36.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation10.1%


People Living Alone41.9%
Median Gross Rent$812
Median House Value$77,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)88.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Harvey Almanac

Nearest Medium City 7 miles W of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City17 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
Standard Zip Codes60426, 60428
Phone Area Codes708
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Harvey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance7.8 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches
Distance12.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 32 F
Apr Temp42 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 84 F
Oct Temp46 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
Distance19.3 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Harvey Public Libraries

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(708) 331-0757
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Harvey Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(708) 333-2300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Harvey High Schools

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Serves 2,507 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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